Semi-Professional Muse for Hire: Reasonable Rates
Friday, September 21, 2007
 
I had an interview yesterday in the Research Triangle Park of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC triangle. I had four interviews between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. I think they went pretty well, but it's hard to tell about these things. Decision-time is upon us soon, though - I'll either have an offer (or be rejected) by Tuesday at the latest.

*gulp*

I've had a lot of interviews in my life by now, but this was definitely the most corporate and professional of places. I bought a pinstripe suit and everything for this interview. Their lobby, though, was cheerfully (and tastefully) decorated with a jungle theme, including wingback chairs upholstered in fabric with monkeys. Yes, monkeys.

So blame it on the monkeys, or the lack of sleep, but I present real excerpts from my interviews:

Interviewer 2: So, you work for the Symphony. I have a friend who worked for the North Carolina Symphony, and she definitely said she didn't want to do that for the rest of her life.

Me: Let's just say I'm passionate about the music, not about the mailings.

-Later-

Interviewer 4: So, what do you think that YOU can bring to Large CRO (TM)?

Me: Well, blah blah blah, and as a result I focus and hone-in on details: I can spot a low hemoglobin value at 50 paces.

Think they're going to hire me? Yeah, I don't know either, but I can tell you that I displayed humor, intelligence, professionalism, and particular experience with oncology clinical trials that they'd be a fool to pass up.

The drive between Charleston, WV and Raleigh, NC was about 4.5 hours, both ways. At least it was really lovely and I felt like I could breathe again, in my car listening to my music.
 
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- I was born in Canada
- I lived in a converted schoolbus during my first year of life, was bathed in a turkey roasting  pan (yes, with a baster)
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- I had a bizarre sledding accident
- I've seen pigs running down the road
- I nearly went to medical school
- I lived in West Virginia for six years
- I used to dj, sometimes for fetish nights  (First rule of Fetish Night: don't shake hands with anyone you meet there)
- I found someone's heart & lungs in a gallon drum of formaldehyde in the basement of a law firm's storage unit
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- I've seen puffins on the island of Staffa

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